Eggplant Parmesan Mac and Cheese

Summer eggplants are starting to come in, and blending them into mac-and-chsee makes a delicious and satisfying dish, even when served cold at a picnic.

Recipes and photo first appeared on Familystylefood.com .

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, ends trimmed; peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt; plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 3 cups Italian-seasoned panko crumbs or bread crumbs
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 1 pound cooked pasta shells or spirals
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup grated Fontina cheese

Instructions

  1. Place a large rimmed baking sheet on an oven rack and turn oven to 450 degrees to preheat.
  2. Slice eggplant in half lengthwise and then into ½-inch wide half-moons.
  3. Whisk together egg, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and garlic in a large bowl; add eggplant and toss to coat. Dredge eggplant in crumbs on a cookie sheet.
  4. Pour enough olive oil over the bottom of the preheated baking sheet to cover to a depth of 1/8-inch. Lay eggplant on pan and roast 10 minutes; flip eggplant slices over and roast an additional 10 minutes or until eggplant is tender and crust is golden. Lower oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a medium saucepan over moderate heat; add butter and heat until foaming subsides and butter is melted. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute. Slowly pour in milk while whisking. Bring to a simmer; lower heat and cook 5 – 10 minutes, whisking occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in Asiago cheese; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Combine the pasta with the milk mixture and transfer to a large casserole or baking dish. Top with the eggplant, marinara and Fontina cheese. Bake 15 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted.
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